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Opa!

Aahhhh. I’m just putting my feet up and popped in a Curb Your Enthusiasm DVD. Ready to spend the rest of my Saturday evening relaxing and taking it easy after a busy day!

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I slept in until 9am after a late night of being head butted by a cat. Yes, a cat. This will be explained once I get photographic evidence the elusive feline exists. Until then, we have french toast to discuss.

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I really wished I had cinnamon raisin bread for french toast this morning, so I stuck raisins in the bread and doused it in cinnamon ;)

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Some people are addicted to diet cola and cigarettes, I am addicted to E.D. Smith sugar-free table syrup. C’est la vie.

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By the bye, I didn’t eat three whole pieces of french toast today. I always save the butt-ends of bread loaves for french toast so it feels like I’m eating more :)

Breakfast dessert was very sweet and very green.

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Preamble: Last night, I went out for frozen yogurt with Callie. Usually I would show up toting my baby camera, but it was an impromptu date and I went straight from work. We went to this painstakingly cute restaurant-cafe called Moroco in Yorkville. They carry these macarons (not to be confused with coconut macaroons) that seem to be following me lately. Does that ever happen to you? When you’ve never heard of something, then suddenly you see it everywhere?

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Clearly I had to seize the moment and drop the $2.50 on the pistachio flavour. It got a little crushed in my bookbag, but I was SO happy when I woke up this morning and remembered I had it. The lady at the chocolate shop described it as two meringue cookies made with almond flour with a butter cream center. Yum :)

Callie got one too, you can read about our froyo meet-up here!

The macaron also made for a pretty good pre-workout snack. Hit up my nearby gym for a lifting workout made up of small circuits. I’ve been doing something similar with a few clients lately and felt like doing it myself! Started with a 10 minute warm-up on the elliptical.

Straight sets

Circuit #1 (3x)

Circuit #2 (3x)

Circuit #3 (3x)

Did 12 reps of everything, or until I was shaking and couldn’t pump out any more. Whole workout with the warm-up and stretching at the end took me 60 minutes on the dot!

Rushed home for a quick protein snack, but nothing more as I had to rush off for something else!

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I live not too far from Danforth Avenue, which is also home to Toronto’s Greek Town. I haven’t been exploring in this part of the city yet, but when I saw the advertising for the annual Taste of the Danforth festival, I knew I had to go!!

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Fun Fact: Part of My Big Fat Greek Wedding was filmed in this part of the city. Thanks for the tidbit Therese ;)

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The festival is huuuuge. They had Danforth closed for several city blocks. The place was jam packed with people, food stalls, concert stages, amusement park rides and amazing smells with every new block.

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Not all of it is Greek food, and several non-Greek restaurants in the area set up stands as well. I was told there would be free food, but sadly I had to pay for any of the good stuff ;)

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I met up with Sarah and her husband and we walked up and down the whole thing looking for food. Usually I get really panicky in big crowds like this, but today I was feeling pretty good about it. We kept moving and only stood to scarf down the delicious food we got.

Wanna see what that food was?? (I know you do!)

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First sign I saw that caught my eye was this. I loooooove rosemary and love the idea of a chicken rosemary pie.

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This was so good. Sarah and her husband compared the filling to chicken stew and I would have to agree! With a lovely rosemary flavour and hunks of mushrooms. The outside was a wonderfully crispy phyllo.

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Next up, we spotted the stall of a restaurant called Astoria that was recommended to me. I was hankering for a shish kebab, saw the long line, and thought this place could be a winner!

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Doesn’t it look like I’m giving a thumbs up?? 
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IloveGreekfoodyesIdo.

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Sarah
loves Greek food too!!

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Fun Fact #2: Sarah is also going to the Healthy Living Summit next weekend!! I haven’t given it much thought since I bought the ticket what feels like years ago. Now suddenly I’ve only got Chicago on my mind!

Washed my meat down with some overpriced lemonade.

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The schmancy stuff – freshly squeezed with organic lemons and stevia. Three times as expensive as the other stalls, but I like to think more refreshing :)

At this point I was winding down and looking for something sweet to finish the day off. Until I spotted this sign in the crowd:

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Another food that has been following me everywhere!! I’ve never tried oysters before and now live close to a restaurant that specializes in them. They’re pretty darn expensive there, but today I was feeling the love for street-shucked oysters.

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Rawbabyraw with a little ‘basco!

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Gaaaah, these were salty! Albeit, they’re from saltwater, but not even the water back home is that salty. I did however dig the raw texture, but perhaps I will stick to my true love – mussels.

Fun Fact #3: I live in the riding of the NDP (New Democratic Party) leader, Jack Layton.

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Apparently, he loves the Greek food too.

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Sadly, no plates were broken, just thousands of ears of corn. Opa!

 

Question of the Day: What’s your favourite Greek dish? Pita bread, traditional tzatziki, dolmades and moussaka are some of my favourites. But for the sake of my expanding waistline, I decided to save those for my next trip to Greek Town ;)

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Happy weekend!! Hope you are enjoying it, or at least tolerating it ;)

First, my mom and I had a blast reading through some of your comments from yesterday. Thanks for sharing all your favourite mommy memories!

So on to today. For the second weekend in a row, I slept for 9 hours last night. Astounding! I went for a “light” breakfast (for me anyways) because step class was only 90 minutes away.

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Toasted english muffin (in the oven again!) with peanut butter, banana and chocolate protein powder that I turned into a goo by adding some water. Amazing combo!! Protein powder makes for a pretty stellar spread – don’t know why I never did this before!

Body Step class was a blast per usual. My mom came with and said it was the hardest one she’s been to ;) I’ll actually vouch for that, as my heart rate peaked unusually high for that class. Our instructor is downright crazy, which always gets me pumped up.

Came home staaaarving and gobbled up a homemade PB&J protein bar.

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Right outta the freezer – you can see the ice crystals. Recipe page for these bad boys coming soon – I promise!

I’m still feeding on that never-ending hunk of ham. Made matching sandwiches for my mom and I for lunch.

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Grilled ham, old cheddar, mustard, pickles, onions, sprouts.

Our day was spent cleaning my apartment and shopping! Shopping goodies to come, first, dinner.
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We both had a hankering for Greek food so we hit up Dimitri’s Souvlaki. It’s a cute little place downtown. I love how it’s brightly decorated!
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I got one of my favourite meals evah – Deluxe Greek Salad.

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Feta, olives, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes and green peppers. 

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And a side of two chicken skewers for my protein.

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And for my fat? Greek dressing with lotsa olive oil ;) Don’t worry, I also got my carbs in with the best pita bread ever. Seriously, if you live in Fredericton, go to Dimitris and get a basket of their freshly made, warm!, pita bread. And this is coming from a pita bread snob.

I forgot to snap a photo of my mom’s meal because I was so ravenous, but she got the moussaka. It was good!

Okay, moving on to all my fun purchases of the day. I still had a gift card to the Running Room and birthday money to spend, so most importantly I bought new running shoes.

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I went in with my old shoes, got them looked at, had my gait examined, and tried on a number of different shoes. And I walked out buying the exact same pair as I had last time!! Saucony ProGrid Ride 2. I guess if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I had no issues with these shoes the first time around.

Of course, what’s new running shoes without running socks?

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Wigwam
socks, kinda cheap at 10 bucks a piece. But that little bit of cushioning makes a world of difference for me.

I also finally splurged on a nice gym bag. I’ve been carting around all my work clothes, shoes, towels and beauty products in an old Lululemon bag.

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Check out all the sweet features!

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I’m a huge nerd, I squealed when I noticed there was a compartment for my shoes and wet clothes.

Also bought – new jammies!

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My mom said I needed cute pyjamas for the next time I burn my kitchen down and hunky firefighters come to my door :P

Once in my peejays we watched The Hangover. I’d already seen it, but it was just as funny the second time around. Kinda dumb humour, but some of the storylines are so ridiculous you can’t help but laugh.

Snacked on some of April’s protein cookie dough during the movie, inspired by the spread I had earlier for breakfast.

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I mixed 45g chocolate whey protein powder with 2-3 tbsp water and swirled in some marshmallow fluff and mini chocolate chips.

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No worries, those clumps are chocolate chips. I was actually surprised by this, because it was awesome! I’m one of those weirdos who actually enjoys the taste of most protein powders. It got really thick and took a while to lick off my spoon. Even more – it was actually filling!

 

Last but not least… I’ve finally made a decision about what I’m going to do when my work contract is up at the end of April!

I’m moving to Toronto!

I’ve been playing with the idea for a while. I’ve known for a long time that I want to get the hell out of Fredericton when my contract is up. Luckily, I’ve got some friends there that are looking for a roommie come June 1st – just when I want to move! My plan is to get a job there as a personal trainer and just sort of see where that takes me. Even more, I’ve got cousins and an aunt there, and my bestie is moving there in September. Should be a fun new adventure in a new city :) I’m excited!!

Oh, and I may have already picked out the half marathon I want to do there – The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on September 26. More excitement!!

 

Question of the Day: How many cities have you lived in? And – any other Torontonians out there? I’ve lived in two cities, and I’ve definitely got the itch to try out some more!

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